On Friday, December 7th, the Society of Illustrators will have an opening reception for "Phil Hays: Artist & Mentor", with an outstanding collection of work that spans the career of this phenomenal artist and teacher, whose work influenced a generation of illustrators. I can't say enough good things about Phil—he was a genuinely gifted teacher, one who found the light in his students and fostered the best in all of them. He was a personal mentor in my career whom I owe a great artistic debt to, and I know there's an army of fellow artists who feel the same. If you're in the NY area, don't miss this show, running through the 29th of December.
A number of people contributed pieces to this show, but the bulk of the collection comes from Jon Conrad and Alex Gross, both illustrators themselves, and former students of Phil. In his later years as chairman of Illustration at Art Center, Phil became the Greta Garbo of illustration, turning down projects from the top clients and publications in order to focus his energies on teaching. Consequently, many of his works are being seen for the first time in decades. It promises to be an outstanding exhibition.
Friday, December 7th, 6-9pm Society of Illustrators 128 E. 63rd Street (btw. Lexington & Park)
Bette Midler and Eric Clapton portraits for Rolling Stone
Dual portraits of Muddy Waters for the Grammy winning "I'm Ready" (1978)
I've been working on a number new paintings for a show that opens this week at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY (Saturday, November 24th, to be exact). The space itself is beautiful, and I'll have some wonderful company: Camille Rose Garcia, Sandy Litchfield, Tomory Dodge, Diane Giardi, and Mark Romanek, who directed Johnny Cash's famous "Hurt" video, and now has a new feature film coming out. Should be a great show! Here are the details:
Opening Reception Saturday, November 24th, 5-9pm Silas Marder Gallery / 120 Snake Hollow Road / Bridgehampton, NY
As Joseph Fiedler mentioned the other day, if you're in LA on Saturday, November 17th (7:30 opening), check out the GREEN Show at the Robert Berman Gallery, curated by Mr. Mark Murphy. Over 40 artists, myself included, created work for the show, and it will be up until December 22nd. For more details on the exhibition, check out www.robertbermangallery.com or www.murphydesign.com There'll be live music by SSI and the Modlins and many artists to meet:
Jason D Aquino + Jordan Awan + Andrew Brandou + Cathie Bleck+ Marc Burckhardt + William Buzzell + Luke Chueh : David Chung + Amy Crehore +Kevin Christy + Sas Christianson + John Copeland + Bob Dob + andrew foster+ Douglas Fraser + P-Jay Fidler + Joseph Daniel Fiedler + AJ Fosik + Robert Hardgrove + Jody Hewgill + Michael Hussar + Tim Hussey + Jordin Isip + Rich Jacobs + Pamela Jaeger + james jean + David Choong Lee + Anthony Lister + Jen Lobo + Mars-1 + Chris Mostyn + Mark Murphy + Scott Musgrove + Joel Nakamura : Christian Northeast + Martha Rich and Esther Pearl Watson Collaboration + Kathie Olivas + Nathan Ota + Brandt Peters + Jermaine Rogers + Kim Scott + Keith Shore + Jeff Soto + Damon Soule + Matt Stallings + Gary Taxali + Amanda Wachab + Justin Wood
Robert Berman Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Avenue / C2 / Santa Monica / CA / 90404